Researchers are studying whether middle school instruction about ecosystem science can be made more engaging and effective by combining immersion experiences in virtual ecosystems with immersion experiences in real ecosystems infused with virtual resources. Project personnel are developing a set of learning resources for deployment by mobile broadband devices that provide students with virtual access to information and simulations while working in the field.
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Amy Kamarainen is co-director of the EcoMobile project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds a B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University, a Certificate in Research, Teaching and Learning (through the NSF-funded CIRTL), and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Amy uses ecosystem models to study nutrient and pollutant processing in aquatic ecosystems embedded in urban and agricultural watersheds. She is also interested in using technology to enhance learning of complex concepts related to ecology and ecosystems science. In particular, she is interested in combining technology with outdoor experiences to build student efficacy in 21st-century modes of scientific inquiry. Amy is designing teaching materials and curricula that place science learning in the context of real-world issues and that appeal to a diversity of students.